A high-ranking city official in Los Angeles was recently arrested for driving under the influence. The Los Angeles Times reports that the official was pulled over after driving too fast on a surface street in the San Gabriel Valley. The 40-year-old man was going home after attending a political event. The Los Angeles city Administrative Officer immediately released an apology and said he is seeking counseling.
The report mentions nothing about erratic or reckless driving. It only states that the man was driving “fast.” There is also no mention of a blood alcohol test. Did you know that police officers can arrest you for having any amount of alcohol in your blood even if it does not exceed the legal limit of 0.08 percent? If you do not know your legal rights, you may have your driver’s license suspended before you even realize that you did not break the law.
The consequences of a DUI conviction are severe. In California, a DUI conviction could remain on your record for seven years. If you have any additional offenses within that time, you may face serious jail time, loss of license, heavy fines and mandatory alcohol counseling programs. A DUI charge can tarnish your reputation and jeopardize your professional career, especially if you are a person of high standing in the community or a public official.
At Takakjian & Sitkoff, our Los Angeles drunk driving defense lawyers have handled cases ranging from misdemeanor DUI to felony drunk driving. We are ready to discuss your case with you and provide a free consultation at your convenience. If you or a loved one is facing drunk driving charges in Los Angeles, please call us at 866-430-8383 today.